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May 5, 2013 5:58 PM   Subscribe

Perhaps you've heard of Weird Twitter, the loosely-organized network of Twitter users with origins in Something Awful's FYAD sub-forum. But have you heard of FeedBuzz, Weird Twitter's take on 'listicle'-hosting sites like BuzzFeed? In the listicle spirit, below are five FeedBuzz articles you won't want to miss.

1) The Five Good Types of Electricity to Know About

2) 6 Reasons to Get Out of Bed in the Morning

3) 6 Reasons You Might Have Forgotten About Dre

4) The Most LOL Epic Fails of the Third World

5) The 5 Best Stock Photos of Arab Children With Hamburgers


(previously, previouslier, and previousliest)
posted by downing street memo (62 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

 
And what does this have to do with weird twitter?
posted by whyareyouatriangle at 6:04 PM on May 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


To clarify—I'm really into weird twitter, as it were, but fail to see the connection here.
posted by whyareyouatriangle at 6:11 PM on May 5, 2013


Top 1 Error I Keep Getting As I Browse the Site: 1. Resource Limit Is Reached
posted by MegoSteve at 6:12 PM on May 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


The authors are weird Tweeters! (sorry, thought that was clear)
posted by downing street memo at 6:15 PM on May 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Weird Twitter, the new talk.bizarre.
posted by the painkiller at 6:15 PM on May 5, 2013 [9 favorites]


To clarify—I'm really into weird twitter, as it were, but fail to see the connection here.

It's using Weird Twitter/FYAD syntax to mock Buzzfeed, which did a reductionist article on Weird Twitter. FYAD is the only funny part of SA these days.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 6:16 PM on May 5, 2013


Why ghettoize it by bringing it all together on a single site where only people already in on the joke will read it? Patch.com and the like are pretty much everywhere and each Patch has a 'Local Voices' blog area. Just click on it and...
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:20 PM on May 5, 2013 [4 favorites]


You just made it worse.
posted by angerbot at 6:28 PM on May 5, 2013


The Top 25 Letters That Aren’t Complete Horseshit
24. P A lot of good words use this letter.
posted by Rory Marinich at 6:30 PM on May 5, 2013 [6 favorites]


This is the more awesome
posted by El Sabor Asiatico at 6:30 PM on May 5, 2013


Alls I know is that Five Types of Electricity article had me laughing my ass off. Thanx dsm.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:30 PM on May 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


This web site, and Weird Twitter in general, reminds me of this:
TT: The upper echelons of irony should always include measures of sincerity. And if the satirical practice is executed faithfully it will achieve something bona fide in its own right regardless.

TT: Through an intense commitment bordering on religious devotion to the absolutely inane, absurd, or plain fucking stupid, a very different kind of sincerity begins to materialize. One of reverence to the ridiculous. You begin to "mean it," but what exactly it is you mean is never quite what appears on the surface, and is utterly inaccessible to obtuse and literal minds. That you "mean it" then becomes inseparable from the joke, and additional rich strata of humor may be stripped aggressively from this irreconcilable truth.
posted by Rory Marinich at 6:34 PM on May 5, 2013 [6 favorites]


fuck "jokes". everything i post is real. raw insight without the horse shit.
posted by mullacc at 6:44 PM on May 5, 2013 [4 favorites]


I like weirdness, high or low, by mail or by computer, but if you're going to promise me "Five Good Types of Electricity" and not be at least as cool as this, you've lost me.
posted by benito.strauss at 6:44 PM on May 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


From "6 Reasons You Might Have Forgotten About Dre":

4. You thought he was dead
Okay, I’m blaming Dr Dre for this one too. His prodigy Eminem told us that Dr Dre was dead in one of his songs. Sure, Eminem probably wrote the lyrics but Dr Dre was there and he could have told him to stop.

Knock it off! Hey, knock it off! Quit saying I'm dead!
posted by The corpse in the library at 6:51 PM on May 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


Rory Marinich: "The Top 25 Letters That Aren’t Complete Horseshit

yeah, fuck T, seriously
posted by idiopath at 6:53 PM on May 5, 2013 [4 favorites]


I don't know if T is complete horseshit, but I know it completes horseshit.
posted by infinitewindow at 6:55 PM on May 5, 2013 [18 favorites]


These are mildly amusing.

Weird Twitter makes me angry. I can't explain why, exactly - I mean, they're just doing their thing.. Would I be happier if they were just tweeting about what they had for lunch or whatever instead of being creative? Whatever, more power to to them. Except I want to throw them all in lava. GET OFF MY LAWN AND MAKE SENSE.
posted by kbanas at 7:01 PM on May 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


I no longer practice irony or scarcasm. The default mode in late stage capitalism is cynicism, the only way to be truely subversive is to be sincere.
posted by Ad hominem at 7:03 PM on May 5, 2013 [6 favorites]


The default mode in late stage capitalism is cynicism, the only way to be truely subversive is to be sincere.

this x1000.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2012/06/johannes-goransson-responds-to-new-sincerity-discussion/

& or

http://negativecapabilityproject.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/new-sincerity/
posted by whyareyouatriangle at 7:09 PM on May 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


Huh. I thought "weird twitter" was, like, Horse eBooks
posted by klangklangston at 7:10 PM on May 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


when it comes down to it, aren’t the tasting-type the best type of buds you’ll ever have? Yes. Think about it. They absolutely are.

ok feedbuzz, you are pretty ok.
posted by juv3nal at 7:17 PM on May 5, 2013


There are a bunch of people walking around acting normal and then in the middle of them there's a clown doing himself with a banana.
posted by Sebmojo at 7:22 PM on May 5, 2013


Yeah, there's some pretty good stuff in here. The Top 6 Rejected Stages of Grief-
4. The Underwater Stage
You know, like old video games or whatever. That’s the whole joke. Fuck you.
posted by hap_hazard at 7:23 PM on May 5, 2013 [13 favorites]


Why ghettoize it by bringing it all together on a single site where only people already in on the joke will read it? Patch.com and the like are pretty much everywhere and each Patch has a 'Local Voices' blog area. Just click on it and...

Oooooh man. Oh dear. My goodness.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:23 PM on May 5, 2013


http://favstar.fm/users/dril/
posted by Sebmojo at 7:33 PM on May 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


This has something that that parody women's magazine site from a couple of days ago was lacking. Maybe it's this.
posted by Flashman at 7:42 PM on May 5, 2013


isn't cynicism just the new sincerity?
posted by anewnadir at 7:51 PM on May 5, 2013


I no longer practice irony or scarcasm.

Oh the irony in declaring a statement like this! Whether intended sincerely or ironically, there is a different kind of irony present.

The default mode in late stage capitalism is cynicism, the only way to be truely subversive is to be sincere.

There is a different between irony and surreality. We can argue whether the surreal is a form of sincerity or if there's something cynical in rejecting the power of language and abstract thought to encapsulate a thought/movement adequately, but your criticism as stated above is rather facile.
posted by Rory Marinich at 7:53 PM on May 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


Tope Five Criticisms of Online Journalism That Do Nothing to Solve any actual Problems:

1) Hey, online jounalism and lists, hey?
2) Low Hanging Fruit
3) What's this money crap people keep talking about?
4) Advertising/Magnets - how do they work?
5) Google isn't a problem. It's a solution in search of problems that don't exist, so it makes them so it can solve them, as it's not evil.
Potato) Craiglist neither.
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:59 PM on May 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh and let me share my new favorite Weird Twitterer with you, Bugbucket:
"hey look at this there's a nickel in your ear" nice trick granpa "there's gotta be more where that came from" grandpa is that a power drill
and
list of best afros in nature:
➊ broccoli
➋ mountain with a cloud floating on the peak
➌ most trees
➍ ant i dropped a cotton ball on
The best way I can describe the appeal of Weird Twitter is that they take elaborate jokes and find ways of cramming them meaningfully into a very small space. A good tweet is conceptually ultradense – a "list of best afros in nature" is already a hilarious premise, provided there's a pay-off, and the imagery in a couple of those bullet points is magnificent. By the time you've digested and internalized what the fuck is going on it's kicked a hole through you and you've already gotten to 4 or 5 more tweets, since they're so small. It's like eating a bag full of Doritos, where one chip is never enough, except instead of a corn chip you're ingesting a potent dose of salvia.
posted by Rory Marinich at 8:00 PM on May 5, 2013 [9 favorites]


4 Obsolete Websites And What’s Wrong About Them
l o l
posted by Flashman at 8:00 PM on May 5, 2013 [9 favorites]


oh god vrunt knows we're here

everybody run
posted by Rory Marinich at 8:02 PM on May 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


I sincerely love that poetryfoundation.org was linked to in this thread.
posted by tapesonthefloor at 8:05 PM on May 5, 2013


Rory's comment almost makes me wish I still had time to follow MSPA and hadn't fallen off the MSPA-following wagon about a year ago, but there you have it.

RIght there.
posted by kenko at 8:09 PM on May 5, 2013


*cracks knuckles* Right, then: group of people who insist that they're uncategorizable responds to category-happy site categorizing them by categorizing category-happy site as category-happy, in amusing way. And... done. *sticks unlit pipe in mouth, puts hands behind head & feet on ottoman*
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:09 PM on May 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


But this means that the killer...

is Still in this ROOM
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:10 PM on May 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


I have a friend who retweets many of these people all the time and I wonder daily - where does she find these people whose jokes are not really jokes? Now I know where.
posted by 41swans at 8:30 PM on May 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I've got one weird old tip for this site:

Now is an excellent time to buy gold.
posted by The Whelk at 8:31 PM on May 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


but your criticism as stated above is rather facile.

I'm honestly not sure I had ever said anything that wasn't sarcastic or meant to be ironic. It has been a hard transition to sincerity. They say that converts are the most zealous. As a recent convert that is how I am right now about sincerity. Perhaps has my new found beliefs mature, they will mellow, and there will be room for nuance.
posted by Ad hominem at 9:03 PM on May 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


Yeah, FeedBuzz is good, except after a couple of hours straight reading it the other day, I started to feel like all other human beings were ants, just there for the lulz. I had to close the website and step away, since I had to be in polite company later that day.

Weirdly, it kind of started to remind me of the now-defunct Trainsaw, only much more fully realized. The name also reminds me of the FizzBuzz exercise on Codecademy...
posted by limeonaire at 9:07 PM on May 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


IDK guys, I think I just created some kind of ironoception. Fortunately I am being sincere so it's a cool ironoception not like a lame ironoception like if I tried to comment on how stupid the Internet is by tweeting all day.(I am not referring to the people in this post, these people are cool in my book, I also like the letter D).
posted by Ad hominem at 9:10 PM on May 5, 2013


Rory Marinich: " your criticism as stated above is rather facile."

what's an emoticon for "furiously masturbating" tia
posted by boo_radley at 9:47 PM on May 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


From "4 Obsolete Websites And What’s Wrong About Them", #1: Metafilter.
posted by jjwiseman at 10:00 PM on May 5, 2013 [4 favorites]


Oh man, that rejected stages of grief list is kind of a kick in the gut.
posted by roll truck roll at 10:28 PM on May 5, 2013


We were doing this years ago on gamingw.net. There was a not insignificant overlap between users of GW and SA. I wonder if these are some of the same people.
posted by asnider at 10:31 PM on May 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


4 Obsolete Websites And What’s Wrong About Them
l o l
posted by Flashman at 8:00 PM on May 5
[7 favorites +] [!]

So, uhm, is that a spaced out LOL or did someone just kick a field goal?
posted by sacrifix at 11:24 PM on May 5, 2013


It's 4 am on a travel day and the reasons to he out of bed article is not helping
posted by ook at 1:24 AM on May 6, 2013


Weird Twitter makes me angry. I can't explain why, exactly

The best thing about weird twitter is that people making jokes on the internet now requires a genre name for some reason.
posted by dng at 1:57 AM on May 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


<virt> I'm Just Resentfull Because This Weird Grammar&&Spelling Stuff Is How My Otherwise Fairly Erudite Friend's And I Have Communicated Sacrcsam Or Cynism On The -= I.R.C. Chat =- For 15+ Year's And Welp Now Its Its A """"THING"""" & People Are All Like Famous For It WTF Thanks alot ASS HOLE'S P!:)

<coda> Fuk Themm

<virt> Nah Its Kool Twitters Cool Its a Kool Piece For That Real As Shit Talk Tho

posted by jake at 2:33 AM on May 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


From "4 Obsolete Websites And What’s Wrong About Them", #1: Metafilter.

Or as it's better known, MetaFailter.
posted by Ghidorah at 3:24 AM on May 6, 2013


FYAD is the worst part of SA by far. The site as a whole would be much better if it went the way of LF.
posted by Drinky Die at 4:31 AM on May 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


>Weird Twitter, the new talk.bizarre.

Seems more like the new "open mic night".
posted by kcds at 4:39 AM on May 6, 2013


Oh, and FeedBuzz is genius. Love it, thanks for posting!
posted by kcds at 4:48 AM on May 6, 2013


FYAD is the worst part of SA by far. The site as a whole would be much better if it went the way of LF.

If FYAD was shut down, there'd be no humor left in SA and it would just be Metafilter-lite (half the site is already that way).
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 4:48 AM on May 6, 2013


There's plenty of humor on SA that doesn't rely on relentless groupthink mockery thinly justified by "irony".
posted by Drinky Die at 4:59 AM on May 6, 2013


FYAD is an ongoing mockery of what's best described as a composite internet male. If you don't think that's funny, well...
posted by downing street memo at 5:19 AM on May 6, 2013


[Comments deleted; maybe take the argument about SA to email? At any rate, please stop digging up the worst stuff you can find on SA to post here. ]
posted by taz at 6:14 AM on May 6, 2013


I will never get FYAD, but I mourn the loss of LF.

(The political cartoon thread lives on, though, in all its horrible glory)
posted by ymgve at 6:49 AM on May 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


There's a *lot* of good stuff there but jeez, they appear to publish as often as the real buzzfeed! My favorites, from trawling the archives... a Top 5, if you will:

5 Ways to Not Get Mauled by a Bear

Top 3 Ecumenical Council Fails

5 Hottest New Music Instruments

Top 5 Mystical Conspiracies That Never Got the Sort of Traction that the Illuminati Do

6 Dogs that are High as Heck
posted by hap_hazard at 2:53 PM on May 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


I feel like either its jumped the shark since yesterday or its becoming closer to Buzzfeed to parody it.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 3:40 PM on May 6, 2013


I'm pretty sure it's still awesome (or, wtf bizarre I guess if you want to get technical).
posted by juv3nal at 4:57 PM on May 10, 2013


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